Postgraduate Study

  • Oxford’s high-quality graduate courses are recognised worldwide, facilitating students' swift career progression into academia and the professions.
  • Our graduate students come from over 140 countries, and 60% are from outside the UK. They have all kinds of different backgrounds and study a wide range of subjects. We are proud of our close working relationships between world-renowned academic supervisors and doctoral students, and the small group teaching on our master’s courses.
  • Oxford offers over 300 postgraduate courses, with some 200 at master’s level and c.120 doctoral research programmes.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 9,420 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 81%
  • Part Time 19%


  • UK 45%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 38%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Social studies 499 914 1413
Historical & philosophical studies 489 599 1088
Physical sciences 826 148 974
Business & administrative studies 37 823 860
Languages 391 401 792
Subjects allied to medicine 418 350 768
Biological sciences 532 138 670
Computer science 193 302 495
Education 77 416 493
Law 142 301 443
Medicine & dentistry 407 33 440
Mathematical sciences 238 145 383
Engineering & technology 364 1 365
Creative arts & design 56 85 141
Architecture, building & planning 1 33 34
Mass communications & documentation 17 17 34
Agriculture & related subjects 0 27 27

Subject Areas

Over 300 postgraduate courses are available in a wide range of subjects, across all four of our academic divisions:

  • Humanities;
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences;
  • Medical Sciences;
  • Social Sciences.
  • Courses are also offered by the Department for Continuing Education.

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £9,483
Mixed £10,118
Laboratory £9,000
Clinical £7,054

Facilities and Support for Postgraduate Students

  • Financial support: in 2016–17, over 1,000 fully-funded graduate scholarships are available to the brightest candidates from around the world. Scholarships cover the full academic range of Oxford’s graduate courses and are open to students of all nationalities.
  • Colleges: all postgraduate students are a member not only of their department but of one of Oxford’s colleges. Your college will offer you a multi-disciplinary community where you can interact with academics and fellow students from all over the world, through academic and social activities, and access pastoral support.
  • Accommodation: a wide range of options is available to students to suit a variety of needs and living arrangements. Colleges frequently provide accommodation to their graduate students, and the university also provides graduate accommodation through our Accommodation Office, which can give advice on finding somewhere to rent in the private sector too.
  • Health: your college will help you arrange health care with a local National Health Service (NHS) doctor, or you can choose to register with another local medical practice. Most colleges have a college nurse and provide sickbays for students. The university offers a Counselling Service and Disability Advisory Service.
  • Support is also available from the Student Financial Support team; the Disability Advisory Service; the Counselling Service; the Student Information and Advisory Service (provides advice on a range of issues including visas and immigration); the Careers Service; and Childcare Services.